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The Eight Immortals
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The Eight Immortals

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Zhu Wenxin has painted the standard group of eight immortals, all of them people who have lived in historical times and have acquired magical powers. Clockwise from the top, they are Lan Caihe, with a flower basket; Cao Guojiu, with castanets; Han Xiangai, with a flute; He Xian'gu, a woman who lived on mother-of-pearl powder and moonbeams; Li Tieguai, with an iron crutch; Zhongli Quan, with a scepter; Lü Dungbin, with a pill and sword; and, finally, in the center, Zhang Guolao, who holds a bamboo tube.
Date Description Narrative
8/10/1992Treatmentexamined for exhibition; other
12/09/1999Examinationexamined for exhibition
7/17/2002Examinationexamined for exhibition
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Upper right
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters (?)

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1813 (Qing)
ink and traces of color on silk
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 74 1/4 x W: 41 3/4 in. (188.6 x 106.1 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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